Most of our cluster meetings have been centred around conversations, but this time we had some material matters to discuss:
Andreas had recently sent us all a survey, based on a standardized European demographics survey, through which we were able to meet our group in statistical shape, as well as compare ourselves to a general European public norm.
Through a specific kind of calculation programme, our individual demographical features were used to predict the normativity of our viewpoints on various matters of life – from religion to happiness and trust in the police. While we turned out, perhaps not to any surprise, to be a largely homogenous group in terms of ideological answers, as a group we differed quite a lot from the European norm on several issues. Interested in the nature of these developments, we are now working with the statistical material, pushing it a bit further, to incorporate it in the fanzine which is being published in June.
We also took some time once again lifting the question of “the child”. Inspired by an article provided by Therese, we discussed notions of othering and identification through negation, specifically concerning the adult-child relationship. An adult is not a child, but someone who is bad at “adulting” is almost always likened to a child, even though the shared characteristics between the two are not really even there if you look at it properly.
We discussed how language is used to define child-like behaviour in adults as a way to make them appear unproductive, unreasonable, irresponsible etc – rendering the child a “bad adult”. We took a lot of issue with this idea and talked about how the “good adult” almost always, when it comes down to it, is simply boiled down to being productive. As a group, we felt there are lots of more important traits for a person to hold, many of which can be found in children more so than in adults.
Therese also showed us a video (top of this post) where images from Peter Pan illustrates a speech by our cluster father Jordan Peterson elaborating on Jungian philosophy. This further sparked conversations about identity and identification processes. We also spent a lot of time discussing incel culture, perhaps in order to try and understand the great appeal our chosen father figure for this project holds to so many. Jordan will play an important role in our fanzine.